In our last visit we began to look at the application of sharing what you have experienced in your faith journey and what you understand about the Gospel with others who are in need of God’s grace (Jude 22-23).
Share God’s mercy with those who doubt so they will be encouraged and helped. Another rendering would be to confront with a view to convicting and convincing them. The idea is, as you are sharing with them, if they doubt what you are saying and contend with you, graciously but firmly reprove them.
Then Jude encourages us to reach out and rescue those in danger of being burned by their sins. He might have in mind the words of Zechariah 3:2, where the Lord refers to Joshua the high priest, “Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?” The picture obviously is rescuing someone who is in dire danger.
As you do this, be cautious. Be careful that you don’t allow them or their environment to drag you down to where they are. Jude uses the word “fear” in this warning. The commentator Vincent suggests the fear should be regarding the contagion of sin while we are rescuing them. And another commentator, Mayor, writes, “”The faithful are urged to show all possible tenderness for the fallen, but at the same time to have a fear lest they themselves or others whom they influence should be led to think too lightly of the sin whose ravages they are endeavoring to repair.”
We need to trust God to keep us from falling out of the sphere of God’s love as we help lift others to where they can experience God’s love.